Cryotherapy Chamber Treatment

Cryotherapy is increasingly becoming a thriving industry throughout Europe due to the efficacy of the treatment for medical uses and also for aesthetic purposes in the beauty sector. The therapy has been in use for some time with athletes and those who undertake sporting activities due to the reported benefits and significantly reduced healing times. Continue reading “Cryochambers Market Growth Forecast”

Cryotherapy is a healing technique, which involves the exposure of your body to sub-zero temperatures. This healing technique was first used in Japan in the year 1978. It was used as an effective method to help treat people with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. After, its success in treating such diseases, people began using the therapy method as holistic therapy solution that benefits the body and mind. So how does cryotherapy work? Continue reading “First Time Cryotherapy Tips”

CryoAction Cryotherapy Chamber at Arsenal FC
CryoAction Cryotherapy Chambers Used By Elite Sports Teams For Recovery

Cryotherapy may be defined as the treatment of pain by use of freezing temperature. This extremely cold temperature is used to dampen a nerve that is irritated by the pain. The therapy may also be used to treat certain cancers. In addition to this, cryotherapy is also used by dermatologists during the treatment of abnormal skin cells.

How Cryotherapy Is Carried Out

During this process, a kind of probe is inserted into the tissue that is adjacent to the nerve that is affected by the extreme pain. The probe that is inserted, then automatically lowers its temperature to freezing mode. As a result, the affected nerve becomes inactive. In turn, this ensures that the irritation, as well as the pain of the nerve, are relieved.

Cryotherapy may also be carried out in a sauna-like chamber known as the cryotherapy unit, cryosauna or cryotherapy chamber. This is also referred to as whole-body cryotherapy. However, these chambers use nitrogen in liquid form to carry out the process. The liquid nitrogen is found in the chamber and their temperatures are lowered to as low as -160 degrees.

The whole cryotherapy session should be carried out by an experienced, certified and trained cryotherapy technician. If the process is carried out in a chamber, then the participant wear gloves, slippers, and socks or even briefs. However, you are strongly advised not to apply any moisture promoting the product to your skin an hour before the procedure. Additionally, you should not have any jewellery, makeup or metal wear.

Steps of Cryotherapy

During the first step toxins and other harmful substances are expected to be extracted from your blood. That is during the initial stage, which takes place between two to three minutes. During this process, the extreme cold and freezing temperatures are expected to work with your body’s physiology to produce the desired detox and numbing effect.

During the second step, the body’s physiology now tries to normalize itself. However, it does this with cleansed blood, which is filled with nutrients, oxygen, and other vital organisms. This rich blood comes courtesy of cryotherapy. In this stage, your body also warms itself up. However, for your body to fully recover, it will need a time frame of approximately 48 hours.

That is the last step, which can also be called the restoration step. That is because, throughout this period, your body completely restores itself to how it was before albeit in a healthier manner. Moreover, the process will also promote more energy levels in your body.

Conditions That Cryotherapy Treats

Cryotherapy is known to treat conditions such as osteoarthritis, extreme back pain, fibromyalgia, muscle trains, rheumatoid arthritis, as well as tendinitis. Renowned sports personalities have used this therapy to relieve their bodies from extreme pain and fatigue which sporting activities bring. If you have a condition that you want to treat using cryotherapy, ensure you discuss it with the person administering or assisting with your treatment. It is always recommended consulting a doctor before you use any type of therapy.

history of cryotherapy

Has Cryotherapy Always Existed?

Cryotherapy, or as the original Greek of the name suggests, ‘cold cure’, has existed in some form or another for a long time. Although it has evolved into a fairly sophisticated system in the present age, it was one of the earliest, primitive cures.

Primitive Uses of Cryotherapy

Many older women today will tell of having their earlobes frozen with ice cubes prior to piercing. Although this is more in the nature of anaesthesia or pain relief rather than treatment of any disease, it clearly shows that controlling temperature as a form of home treatment is truly nothing new. Even cold sponging, which was widely used up to the present age to reduce escalating body temperature or ‘fever,’ is really cryotherapy in its most primitive form. Prior to the emergence of a powerful medical profession in western civilisation, much of the treatment for illnesses was performed at home with mothers, aunts, grandmothers and wise women of the locality in attendance. Some of the treatment was appropriate, but many were erroneous. So when did ‘cryotherapy’ as it is known today, begin to emerge?

Emergence of Cryotherapy as a Treatment

According to the article ‘History of Cryotherapy’ which appeared in the ‘Dermatology Online Journal’ by Antoli Freiman MD and Nathaniel Bouganin MD, of the Division of Dermatology, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, a form of the treatment was being used by ancient Egyptians four and a half thousand years ago. It was used to treat injuries and inflammation. The article also states that Dominique-Jean Larrey, Napoleon Bonaparte’s personal doctor, used it to aid in amputations of the limbs of war wounded. From emergency therapy for injuries and amputations, it is now mainly used to treat skin conditions.

Developments in Cryotherapy

According to the Freiman-Bouganin article, the late 19th century saw the emergence of cooling gases, developed especially for use in this treatment. The pioneers of cold gas development were the French physicist Louis Paul Cailletet and Swiss physicist Raoul Pictet. In 1889, a physician from New York, Campbell White, was one of the earliest physicians to report the use of liquid gases for the treatment of a variety of skin complaints including warts, herpes zoster and epitheliomas. In 1907, another New York surgeon, Whitehouse, reported the treatment fifteen skin cancers.

Further Development of Cryotherapy

In the early 1900s, Dr William Pusey of Chicago introduced the use of solid carbon dioxide, again for the treatment of various skin complaints and diseases. In the 192o0s, Irving and Turnacliff described positive outcomes with liquid oxygen. However, this substance being inflammable, it was rather dangerous. In the post World War II era, Dr Ray Allington used swabs dipped in liquid nitrogen to treat various skin complaints and diseases.

To the Present Day

Modern cryosurgery developed with Irving Cooper, physician and Arnold Lee,engineer. They developed a modern cryosurgical probe using liquid nitrogen. More cryosurgical apparatuses were being developed in the 1960s. Cryotherapy continues to evolve throughout the years as an acceptable way to treat a variety of skin complaints, both malignant and benign. Nowadays, you can use integrated cryotherapy chambers or have cryosauna treatments as well as whole body cryotherapy. To find out more about these treatments contact us at CryoAction.

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Cryotherapy sauna image by Jacob Lund (via Shutterstock).
A whole body cryotherapy sauna booth. Image by Jacob Lund (via Shutterstock).

In the last five years, cryotherapy has taken the world by storm. It has seen a rise in popularity among football and rugby sides as a way of treating sports injuries. This is where CryoAction comes in. Cryotherapy’s use in treatment is its raison d’etre and original reason for its invention.

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The sad death of a Las Vegas spa manager in a cryotherapy chamber has led to a number of headlines questioning the safety of cryotherapy in general. As the leading supplier of whole body cryotherapy equipment to elite sports, CryoAction places the highest importance to the safety of its clients and wishes to add its views to the current debate.

 

The equipment used in the spa in question is referred to as a ‘cryosauna’. It is important to note that these single person cabinets are fundamentally different to the chambers marketed and sold by CryoAction. The design of the equipment is substantially different, with whole body cryotherapy chambers treating up to 6 people at a time in a specifically designed room. Cryosaunas are a single user, partial body cryotherapy unit, requiring the user to elevate their head above the potential noxious gases from the liquid nitrogen that is  injected directly into the cabinet. This not only has the potential to place cryosauna users in direct contact with the harmful gases but also the droplets of liquid nitrogen itself that carries a risk of frostbite.  It is due to these serious safety flaws that led CryoAction to not supply such products, an important safety decision mirrored by the two leading provider of liquid nitrogen gas in UK, banning the sale of gas to suppliers of cryosaunas.

 

Whole Body Cryotherapy chambers, as sold by CryoAction, use a heat exchanger as a key element of the functionality of the chamber. This external device cools the air inside the chamber and in contract to a cryosauna, prevents harmful liquid nitrogen gases from being injected into the chamber. CryoAction chambers have the highest levels of EC certification for medical uses and are subject to regular inspection and maintenance.

 

CryoAction chambers are operated by a trained practitioner, whose function is to ensure that chamber users are specifically briefed and monitored throughout the entire treatment. The treatment will only operate for a given period of time at the end of which the system will shut down. The equipment cannot be used without an operator being present, and the design ensures that during any point of the treatment and for any reason, the users can leave the chamber by the two exit doors built into the structure.

 

Our chambers incorporate a range of safety features such as a number of oxygen sensors, designed to detect any form of oxygen depletion. Should such an incident occur, alarms will sound, directing users to evacuate the chamber and the chamber will automatically shut down.

 

The death of anyone in cryotherapy equipment is a cause for concern. While the circumstances and causes of this sad event are unknown at this time, CryoAction would echo calls for safety inspections of cryosauna equipment and certification of operators. Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased.